Hunger in the news

15 January 2013

Jordan has witnessed a spike in Syrian refugees as temperatures have begun to rise and last week’s snow melts, relief officials said on Monday, reporting over 1,300 new arrivals in a two-day period. (..) The sudden influx has placed a growing strain on Jordan’s sole Syrian refugee camp the Zaatari camp outside Mafraq, where some 500 tents and several facilities were damaged by last week’s heavy rain and strong winds. In a bid to accommodate the rising number of new arrivals, officials are planning to open a second camp, a tented facility on the outskirts of the northern city of Zarqa, by the end of the month.

11 January 2013

Severe winter weather has killed at least 12 people across the Levant region this week, as low temperatures and precipitation sweep across Lebanon, Syria, Jordan, Israel and the Palestinian Territories. The UN appealed on Thursday for urgent aid to help thousands of Syrian refugees in a Jordanian camp who are battling mud, water and freezing cold in the worst winter storm in a decade.

3 September 2012

In a joint appeal with the UN's refugee agency, Jordan said it now needs $700m (£440m) to deal with the crisis. Only a few days earlier, it asked for $400m. The request comes as fighting continues to rage across Syria, increasing the number of fleeing civilians.

24 August 2012

The fourth poorest Arab country has a high cost of living, and rulers worry about potential unrest and food riots. (..) As meat, wheat and other produce is flown and driven into and around the country, global shortages and fuel price rises affect the cost of everything, from a carrot to a plate of rice.

10 June 2011

Struggling students are helped to realise their educational aspirations. Young people in Lebanon, Jordan and Egypt benefit from the Tomooh programme (..) "The Tomooh programme runs in partnership with an NGO in each market: Ajialouna in Lebanon, the United Nations World Food Programme (UNWFP) in Egypt, and the Jordanian Hashemite Fund for Human Development (Johud) in Jordan,"(..).

19 May 2011

Income-generating projects worth JD4 million will be implemented in three poverty pockets in the Kingdom under a food security programme unveiled on Wednesday by the Ministry of Agriculture. (..) Habashneh said the JD4 million programme will be funded by several international agencies including the United Nations Development Programme and the World Food Programme.

20 February 2011

Poverty, repression, decades of injustice and mass unemployment have all been cited as causes of the political convulsions in the Middle East and north Africa these last weeks. But a less recognised reason for the turmoil in Egypt, Tunisia, Algeria, Yemen, Jordan and now Iran has been rising food prices, directly linked to a growing regional water crisis. (..) The pressure on natural resources is increasing, and the pressure on the land is great," said Giancarlo Cirri, the UN World Food Programme representative in Yemen.

17 January 2011

The head of the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP), Josette Sheeran, today began a three-day mission to the occupied Palestinian territory, Israel and Jordan, during which she will visit the agency’s projects and meet with government officials, partner organisations and staff. Ms. Sheeran will visit school meals projects and an electronic food voucher project in the West Bank, and tour the oldest school in Hebron to meet students and see the impact the programmes have had on the lives of the children and other residents in the area.

16 January 2011

The executive director of the UN's World Food Program (WFP), Josette Sheeran, will start a three day tour of Palestine, Israel, and Jordan on Monday, according to a press release issued by the program. She will visit WFP projects in the area and meet with government officials during the trip.

25 November 2010

A nutritious blue-green algae, known as spirulina, has been added to school meals in Jordan to combat chronic malnutrition and anaemia among children. (..) According to IIMSAM, a pilot feeding programme in two Kenyan schools from April 2009 to April 2010 helped cure 1,350 pupils suffering from malnutrition. The World Food Programme estimates that 22 per cent of children under the age of five in Kenya are malnourished, significantly higher than the 15 per cent level which the World Health Organization uses as a threshold to describe an emergency situation.